Arnold Toynbee suggests that imitation is useful in setting in motion processes of social change:
"Mankind in the mass can only be set in motion towards a goal beyond itself by enlisting the faculty of mimesis, or imitation." .
.Toynbee, p. 162.
Certainly we could find thousands of examples to illustrate this 'Mimesis' in History of Art, or Music for Example. The Art Museums of the world have storerooms full of works of mimesis, or imitation.
Mimesis, is merely 'Teaching by example'.With Governments involved in corruption on a massive scale, they certainly offer an example for the masses to follow in expressing themselves in whatever crimes are open to committed.
Creative genius, that extra-ordinary Uranian energy, in its purest manifestation, has always broken the cast and habits of Mimesis. .
. See the pseudomorphic form in Hans Jonas, The Gnostics, p. 36 - and Sir Arnold Toynbee, on Mimesis, p. 166, and Gurdjieff on 'newness' in 'Meetings with Remarkable Men'.
We must recognize the shape of the future:
I think, at present our duty is to arm ourselves with creative action. But before we can begin, we have to find the trigger from which this action can be fired. Its to do with the psychic residue of the past decades of repression - a great deal is bottled up without expression or outlet.
This actually brings one back to spiritual evolution and to compassion. Father forgive them, for they know NOT what they do, is a statement of vast significance. It says that Ignorance is the cause of our of our actions.
CREATIVITY. Fresh ideas. We need them - and Space to put these ideas into action. And in this creative action, we may have to give up some of our Egos' Territory.
The old 'Art has NOTHING to do with Politics' scam.
"It is not enough to make noisy calls to halt moral degeneration; we must do something about it. Since present-day governments do not shoulder such 'religious' responsibilities, humanitarian and religious leaders must strengthen the existing civic, social, cultural, educational, and religious organizations to revive human and spiritual values. Where necessary we must create new organizations to achieve these goals."
H.H. the Dalai Lama.
[In a small booklet distributed freely at the Kalachakra Initiation, Rikon, Switzerland, August 1985.]
"The shambhala teachings are founded on the premise that there is a basic human wisdom that can help to solve the world's problems. This wisdom does not belong to any one culture or religion, nor does it come only from the West or the East.Rather, it is a tradition of human warriorship that has existed in many cultures at many times throughout history."
Chogyam Trunpa Rinpoche, 'Shambala' - The Sacred Path of the Warrior.'
"Each earth life is a day in God's Great School, and each pupil must return day after day, life after life, until every lesson this earth has to teach has been learned."
"As the Wheel of Life turns, all humans will reach the place where they will have to learn similar lessons."
"If the lesson of each spoke on the Medicine Wheel is learned, the lesson of the next spoke is made available."
Another version of this idea, is the injuction to complete all obligations before any new tasks are offered by life.Stasis in the psyche consists of encrustations that block the free flow of energy.
Again, the analogy has been use of Ice and Water.Heat is necessary to melt the water and thereby free the structure.